Learning about Khaki Campbells

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  1. Carmeldes

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    Hi! I'm new to this forum. It sounds like a caring and supportive site!
    I would love to have some advice on Khaki Campbells from time to time as we are getting to know the breed. We have a male and female 2 years old and now the female is sitting on a dozen eggs.
    She is very diligent and protective of them. She initially made a nest beside the neighbour's dam where the 2 of them spend most of the day and didn't leave the nest to come for food for 3 days. We couldn't find her! Then we decided it was too dangerous for them to be out at night and managed to move the nest into a shallow box inside their cage. Luckily this is working well and means we can feed her while she's on her nest and she's safe at night. My question is: is there anything else we should be aware of? Does she need any special diet? And will the male need to be isolated from her if/when the ducklings hatch? Thank you.
     
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    ClissAT Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Hi Carmeldes, and welcome.

    All I know about ducks is they need a shallow pool.
    Ive heard people say not to feed bread
    I did a search on YouTube and found lots of videos about them.
     
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    Wayland. Active Member Premium Member

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    Hi Carmeldes. We also have Campbells. Great egg layers they are. In regard to them sitting on eggs, they dont make particularly good parents. This is not to say that they wont successfully bring a brood up. They just seem to show little regard to their offspring. Most duck breeders that I have met use a broody hen. Good luck with them.
     
  4. Carmeldes

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    Thank you :)They have a big lake to swim in which is fantastic!
     
  5. Carmeldes

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    Thank you Wayland. She was really good sitting on her eggs for quite a few days but one morning a goanna got to them so that was very sad. I wonder how long until she becomes broody again!
     
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    Such a shame Carmeldes. Hopefully she will want to lay again in spring?
    Did the goanna get into her cage?
     
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    Thanks ClissAT, yes I realise now that I should have closed her cage. Haven't seen goannas around for ages!
     

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